The DeKalb County Airport is currently in the process of extending runway 9-27 to 7,100 ft. This project has been planned for over two decades. Recently we finished construction on the extension of CR 62 and now earthwork on the east side of the airfield is planned to start on 04/25/2022. In the interest of sharing the impact to not only based tenants but also the community, below are some high-level preliminary milestones dates.
County Road 62 between CR 29 and 31 was completed in the fall of 2021 and turned over to the County. The road was built to mitigate the closing of CR 29 between CR 60 and 62, which will take place in June of 2022, and will not reopen.
Earthwork to the east of CR 29 on the extended centerline of the runway will begin in April. The first step in that process will be the complete removal of the MALSR lighting. These will not be reinstalled until the completion of the runway extension and will cause our ILS approach minimums for runway 27 to be increased (probably to 200’ ceiling and ¾ mile visibility, although the FAA will have final say with regard to minimums).
UPDATE: Currently, the contractor has proposed that from 8/15/2022 thru 9/1/2022, Phase 2/3 earthwork will be taking place west of CR 29 up to the current runway pavement. Previously we advised that the Runway would be closed for one day at the beginning of August and then again near the end, and this will still be the case. We will be performing crack sealing and some mill and fill operations those two days. We will monitor their progress and we will open to prior permission just as soon as the mill and fill operations are complete. We can usually vacate for an operation when we are simply crack sealing.
Taxiway A will be closed east of the east t-hangars up to the approach of runway 27 during a portion of phases 2/3. There will be roughly a 1 week period where the runway will be closed during the work day except for when prior permission has been coordinated. Touch and go operations will not be allowed during this closure phase but arrivals to runway 9 and intersection A3 departures using runway 27 should be able to be coordinated expeditiously. The runway will open unhindered upon completion of work each day. Be sure to check official NOTAM sources daily for these closures. (Internal NOTAM and distribution list page can be found here.)
Upon completion of this phase of construction the runway and taxiway will be reopened to the full 5,000 ft. and precision approaches with higher minimums will be reinstated until the actual runway pavement installation which should happen in 2023. We will post the most up to date information here, including the construction schedule we have been provided, so be sure to check there frequently.
Updated July 21st, 2022